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StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
29 Mar 2013 9:49PM
The area where Canon and Nikon have a monopoly is in the long telephoto, ultra high quality lenses. Nobody else comes close when talking 500mm, 600mm, and 800mm. I believe Sigma makes a quality long telephoto up to 800mm, but other than that, the rest of the manufacturers just seem to concede that portion of the market to the big two. Of course, it stands to reason that one will pay premium prices for premium glass. However, as Paul said above, Olympus glass compares favourably to any available, especially the primes, and maybe at a lower price level.
Steppenwolf 10 1.2k
30 Mar 2013 8:23AM

Quote:The area where Canon and Nikon have a monopoly is in the long telephoto, ultra high quality lenses. Nobody else comes close when talking 500mm, 600mm, and 800mm.


Sony makes a 500mm f4 and you can get the Minolta 600mm f4 s/h. However, I don't think many people (except possibly professionals) use such large lenses - especially the 800mm. I prefer to use a Minolta 300mm f2.8 and one of the matching converters (1.4X or 2X) which lose little in quality relative to the unextended lens and are much more portable.

You can also get the Minolta or Sony 500mm f8 AF mirror s/h which is hardly bigger than the Sony 16-80mm and very sharp - an option Canikon (or anyone else) don't have. And then there's the Sony 70-400mm II G lens which is very high quality (and now in white and fast focusing).
StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
30 Mar 2013 6:10PM
Wouldn't you agree that canon and Nikon are the only two who supply pro level 500mm to 800mm lenses though. I have nothing against Sony, but if I were a pro working in long telephoto territory, it would have to be Nikon or Canon. How else could I compete?
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
30 Mar 2013 8:21PM
I recently compared two lenses, one from Canon, one from M4/3, the Canon lens cost twice as much and was 4X heavier Smile
Carabosse 18 41.7k 270 England
30 Mar 2013 10:13PM
If I had to use very long telephoto on my OM-D, I'd be looking at the Oly 300mm f2.8 (FF equiv=600mm), with adaptor retaining full AF etc. At 5700 and 170 for the adaptor it's not exactly a cheap option! Wink

That said, the Canon 600mm is slower (f4) and more expensive (10400). Nikon's 600mm effort is also f4 and it costs 7000.
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
31 Mar 2013 2:30AM
A lot of people thought my 35-100 was expensive at almost 2k but nobody else makes an equ 70-200 constant aperture f2 lens.
LenShepherd 13 4.4k United Kingdom
31 Mar 2013 8:48AM

Quote:If I had to use very long telephoto on my OM-D, I'd be looking at the Oly 300mm f2.8 (FF equiv=600mm), with adaptor retaining full AF etc. At 5700 and 170 for the adaptor it's not exactly a cheap option! Wink
The Canon 600mm is slower (f4) and more expensive (10400). Nikon's 600mm effort is also f4 and it costs 7000.


I was under the impression the Nikon D7100 using the 1.3 crop option is near enough the OM-D format; with 600mm f2.8 equivalent via the 300mm f2.8 for about 4,000, or 600mm f4 for about 1000.
I do not think Olympus can reach 1200mm equivalent with a 600 f4 or 2000mm equivalent with the just out 800mm with special converter.
I agree not everyone is going to use such long equivalent focal lengths, and even fewer can afford them, but they do exist in the Nikon system.
There is a huge buzz on specialist wildlife forums about the new D7100 and the improved 80-400 because of the improvement introduced with both products at the price points makes bird in flight photography accessible to many more than before.
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
31 Mar 2013 2:43PM
My reason for changing to M4/3 was for a smaller much more compact set up.

If I needed very long lenses I would be the first in the queue for a proper DSLR.
1 Apr 2013 2:22AM
Hi everyone (sorry I don't like introductory topics) This is my first post here.

To the topic already.

I think the situation on Pentax is really bad, they make wonderful pieces of equipment, but so does Canon and Nikon. I think to succeed, they needed to bet much more on differentiation, like other successful companies do, like Olympus and Sony do. Look at Olympus, they don't even make DSLR's anymore! And Sony too, now they only have SLT's and CSC's.

In the present day, buying a DSLR is a bit like following the norm (IMHO), and following the norm is also buying Canon or Nikon.

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